John Fenn

John Fenn

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Media Management
Arts and Administration Program (AAD)
School of Architecture & Allied Arts (A&AA)
University of Oregon (UO)
541-346-1774 (office)
541-346-3626 (fax)
jfenn@uoregon.edu

 

Professional Summary

As an Assistant Professor in the Arts and Administration Program at the University of Oregon, I am part of a dynamic faculty training future arts and culture sector leaders to engage the social, technological, economic, and political dimensions of community and creativity. By drawing on my background in folklore and ethnomusicology (Ph.D., Indiana University, 2004), media studies, public cultural programming, and international fieldwork, I bring an ethnographically-grounded perspective on cultural production to the AAD program’s curricular and research agendas. In my capacity as faculty coordinator for the media management area of concentration within the program’s Master’s degree, I seek to offer students a balance between practical skills and critical inquiry focused on the technological, social, and cultural facets of media in today’s world. It is my belief that such a balance will serve our students as they move into the 21st-century workforce—readying them for shifts in existing jobs as well as preparing them for jobs that do not yet exist.

My fieldwork experience entails ethnographic inquiry into the intersection of popular music and youth identity (Malawi); material culture (southern Indiana, the Pacific Northwest); and the cultural history of African American communities in Eugene/Springfield. I have also explored the intellectual history of public sector ethnomusicology, primarily via commercial recordings released on Folkways by fielworker Laura Boulton. My teaching spans ethnomusicology theory and methods; popular musics in the African diaspora; public folklore; and media studies. I am committed in both research and teaching to the idea that individuals and communities engage the world in creative and diverse ways, and that such creative diversity demands ethically grounded interpretation and representation.